Dwell on Design 2013: Home and garden expo, made modern

The annual Dwell on Design show returns to Los Angeles this weekend with some familiar features: prefab houses, Airstream trailers, the latest in green cars. But we're pleased to report the contemporary design expo has some new faces too -- furniture and accessories we spotted last month while covering New York Design Week.

If you missed them the first time around, you can see the colorful stainless steel indoor-outdoor furnishings by the Salvadoran manufacturer MarkaModerna, inventive accessories by up-and-coming Norway design students, experimental furnishings in surprising materials by the Guatemala-based Fabrica, stunning blankets by Mandal Veveri and, at the end of the day, rest in a prototype of the comfortable reclining leather VAD AS chair. 

This year's Dwell on Design Artist in Residence is Tanya Aguiñiga, who will be assembling and making furniture and accessories on site for people living in transitional housing. Attendees can join Aguiñiga and others as they repurpose and apply their craft to donated chairs, tables and blankets before donating them to shelters.

The Dwell on Design schedule also includes a Google Glass demonstration, a Twitter Wall where attendees can post and see their responses in real time, an interactive Pinterest Pavilion, a tech lounge, live cooking demonstrations and a student design gallery. The show promises the exhibition of more than 2,000 products from 400 vendors, plus 200 speakers on three stages.

Show hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Among the ticket options: A three-day pass is $50 to $60, a two-day pass is $30 to $40, and a one-day pass is $25 to $35. Students can get a discount.

The event takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. You can register in advance for the show and check availability of tickets for the Dwell on Design home tours.


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